Sustainable land-use planning is best achieved through the genuine participation of all interested parties in the planning process.
Land conflicts, unviable investments and disastrous losses of essential ecosystems could be more often avoided with better information at critical stages and inclusive stakeholder participation in planning decisions. However, because land-use planning is often regarded as complex and technical, or highly sensitive, it often remains a top-down technocratic exercise without real stakeholder engagement. The Land-use Planner is here to help democratise land-use planning, to facilitate participatory land-use planning even when resources are limited.
Compare different land-use scenarios
The European Forest Institute developed the Land-use Planner to support countries in implementing responsible and participatory land-use planning. This is done through multi-criteria analysis to better balance economic interests with social inclusion and environmental protection.
The tool doesn’t prescribe any land-use choice. It makes more evident the implications of choices on the land with their impacts on the economy, the environment and social issues like food security, income distribution and employment.
Cost the shift to sustainable agriculture
Increasing commodity production while protecting natural ecosystems is one of the biggest and widely shared challenges that planners are faced with. Your targets may be clear, but are interested parties informed and agreed on ways to attain these targets, and the investments required?
Use the Land-use Planner to develop, check and refine your investment plans and present them to your stakeholders. The tool can lend itself for analysis at all scales: at the level of a watershed, a project, a municipality, a country, a supply chain, a conservation area, and so forth.
Resolve conflicts around land use
Beyond its analytical utility, the Land-use Planner can be used as a ‘negotiation tool’: it makes it relatively easy to involve competing stakeholders in a planning process, by including different views in alternative land-use scenarios in a transparent, accessible and interactive manner.
Land-use planning facilitators can use the Land-use Planner to mediate between actors and supply chain stakeholders that compete over a specific area, and help find better compromises even in highly conflicting situations.